Forward Forum


The Silk-purse Promises of a War We’ve Lost

By Leonard Fein

The Iraq Study Group believes that “The United States cannot achieve its goals in the Middle East unless it deals directly with the Arab-Israeli conflict and regional instability. There must be a renewed and sustained commitment by the United States to a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace on all fronts: Lebanon, Syria, and President Bush’s June 2002 commitment to a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine.”Read More


When We Withdraw, Will Saudis Heed a Sunni Call to Arms?

By Wayne White

If Iraq descends into a full-blown civil war during or following the withdrawal of American-led coalition forces, would Saudi Arabia be compelled to intervene?Read More


Read Boston Study on Intermarriage With Caution

By Steven M. Cohen, Jack Ukeles and Ron Miller

The recently released 2005 Boston Community Study reported some seemingly startling findings with potentially powerful implications for the future of American Jews. It reported that 60% of children in intermarried homes are being raised as Jews: “The majority of intermarried households with children are raising those children as Jews. Doing so is near-universal among Jewish women in interfaith relationships and somewhat less so for Jewish men.”Read More


There’s Little Hope for Peace if Occupation Is a Proper Noun

By David Twersky

I hate the Occupation and I hate the occupation. I hate them both equally. I long for a time when it will end, but I fear the second will end because of the tyranny of the first. Let me explain.Read More


The Questions That Might Otherwise Be Lost

By Leonard Fein

Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav: “As your answers have become my questions, may my questions become your answers.”Read More


Let Cease-fire Arm Voices of Mideast Moderation

By Eric Yoffie

At last, a flicker of hope on the peace front. The cease-fire, we fervently pray, will hold. A flicker of hope, and a welcome opportunity to reenergize American Jews, particularly those of moderate views, and to engage them more intensively in the search for peace.Read More


But Bubbe and Zaide Were Hippies

By Aurora Mendelsohn

On a Friday night at my shul, the children gathered to hear the rabbi tell an after-dinner story. His engaging style had them riveted to the tale of a bubbe who teaches her little grandson all about how faith and song magically hid her in the shtetl from the Cossacks.Read More


The Lost Spirit of Christmas Past

By Eric Frey

As a young boy growing up in officially Catholic Austria, December was a time to realize what it meant to be Jewish. In the birthplace of “Silent Night,” Christmas was a deeply religious experience from which even non-religious Jews consciously excluded themselves.Read More


Making Deals

By Gus Tyler

In our lifetime (mine, anyway), several political eras have been tagged with the word “deal.” There was Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s famous New Deal. Roosevelt’s successor, Harry Truman, liked to refer to his reforms as the Fair Deal. There are some who refer to our current regime as the Raw Deal or perhaps as an Or-deal. But the use of the term “deal” dates back much further, to the opening years of the 20th century, when a president named Theodore Roosevelt tagged his reforms the Square Deal.Read More


To Those Who Would Count Stones Thrown

By Leonard Fein

Crunch time approaches, as we have known for years it one day would. The texture of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is about to undergo a seismic shift.Read More


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